SRSG’s visit to Kyrgyzstan

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13 Feb 2014

SRSG’s visit to Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK, Kyrgyz republic –

Miroslav Jenča, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, visited Bishkek on 12-13 February. He met with Toraga (Speaker) of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) Asilbek Jeenbekov, Deputy Prime Minister Tokon Mamytov and Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Abdyldaev.

The SRSG also met with representatives of the civil society organizations and diplomatic corps. During the meetings an exchange of views took place on the current situation and potential developments in Kyrgyzstan and in Central Asia, taking into account the situation in the neighboring Afghanistan, including issues of management of common transboundary water resources and counteracting the transnational threats.

The two sides discussed problems related to disputed parts of the border, particularly a recent incident on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border. The Special Representative welcomed the readiness of the two countries to seek for a negotiated solution, urged both sides to solve differences by peaceful means taking into account the interest of local population, and expressed the readiness of the United Nations to facilitate further development of the dialogue if both sides demonstrate the interest in it.

Besides, other topics were discussed: interaction with the UN on implementation of the UNSCR 1325 on equal participation of women in conflict prevention and resolution, peace building, peace keeping and human rights protection; implementation of projects under the UN Peacebuilding Fund; as well as preparation to the upcoming elections cycle in 2015-2017 in Kyrgyzstan, and possible assistance by the UN.